SM U-8 sinking after being scuttled on March 4, 1915
|Ordered:||8 April 1908|
|Laid down:||19 May 1909|
|Launched:||14 March 1911|
|Commissioned:||18 June 1911|
|Fate:||4 March 1915 - Trapped in nets, forced to surface and scuttled under gunfire from HMS Gurkha and Maori at position Coordinates: .|
|Class and type:||German Type U 5 submarine|
|Draught:||3.55 m (11 ft 8 in)|
|Range:||3,300 nmi (6,100 km; 3,800 mi) at 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)|
|Test depth:||30 m (98 ft)|
|Boats & landing
|Complement:||4 officers, 25 men|
|Victories:||5 merchant ships sunk (15,049 GRT)|
Trapped in nets, forced to surface and scuttled under gunfire from HMS Gurkha and Maori, in the English Channel, at position . In June 2015 the submarine's propeller, which had been illegally removed from the wreck, was recovered and presented to the German Navy. It will be exhibited at the Laboe Naval Memorial near Kiel. In July 2016 the wreck of U-8 was officially designated as a protected site.
Summary of raiding history
|23 February 1915||Branksome Chine||United Kingdom||2,026||Sunk|
|23 February 1915||Oakby||United Kingdom||1,976||Sunk|
|24 February 1915||Harpalion||United Kingdom||5,867||Sunk|
|24 February 1915||Rio Parana||United Kingdom||4,015||Sunk|
|24 February 1915||Western Coast||United Kingdom||1,165||Sunk|
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